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The Resource Revolutionary ideas : an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre, Jonathan Israel

Revolutionary ideas : an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre, Jonathan Israel

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Revolutionary ideas : an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre
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Revolutionary ideas
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an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre
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Jonathan Israel
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eng
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  • "Historians of the French Revolution used to take for granted what was also obvious to its contemporary observers--that the Revolution was caused by the radical ideas of the Enlightenment. Yet in recent decades scholars have argued that the Revolution was brought about by social forces, politics, economics, or culture--almost anything but abstract notions like liberty or equality. In Revolutionary Ideas, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment restores the Revolution's intellectual history to its rightful central role. Drawing widely on primary sources, Jonathan Israel shows how the Revolution was set in motion by radical eighteenth-century doctrines, how these ideas divided revolutionary leaders into vehemently opposed ideological blocs, and how these clashes drove the turning points of the Revolution. Revolutionary Ideas demonstrates that the Revolution was really three different revolutions vying for supremacy--a conflict between constitutional monarchists such as Lafayette who advocated moderate Enlightenment ideas; democratic republicans allied to Tom Paine who fought for Radical Enlightenment ideas; and authoritarian populists, such as Robespierre, who violently rejected key Enlightenment ideas and should ultimately be seen as Counter-Enlightenment figures. The book tells how the fierce rivalry between these groups shaped the course of the Revolution, from the Declaration of Rights, through liberal monarchism and democratic republicanism, to the Terror and the Post-Thermidor reaction. In this compelling account, the French Revolution stands once again as a culmination of the emancipatory and democratic ideals of the Enlightenment. That it ended in the Terror represented a betrayal of those ideas--not their fulfillment."--book jacket
  • Historians of the French Revolution used to take for granted what was also obvious to its contemporary observers--that the Revolution was caused by the radical ideas of the Enlightenment. Yet in recent decades scholars have argued that the Revolution was brought about by social forces, politics, economics, or culture--almost anything but abstract notions like liberty or equality. In Revolutionary Ideas, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment restores the Revolution's intellectual history to its rightful central role. Drawing widely on primary sources, Jonathan Israel shows how the Revolution was set in motion by radical eighteenth-century doctrines, how these ideas divided revolutionary leaders into vehemently opposed ideological blocs, and how these clashes drove the turning points of the Revolution. Revolutionary Ideas demonstrates that the Revolution was really three different revolutions vying for supremacy--a conflict between constitutional monarchists such as Lafayette who advocated moderate Enlightenment ideas; democratic republicans allied to Tom Paine who fought for Radical Enlightenment ideas; and authoritarian populists, such as Robespierre, who violently rejected key Enlightenment ideas and should ultimately be seen as Counter-Enlightenment figures. The book tells how the fierce rivalry between these groups shaped the course of the Revolution, from the Declaration of Rights, through liberal monarchism and democratic republicanism, to the Terror and the Post-Thermidor reaction. In this compelling account, the French Revolution stands once again as a culmination of the emancipatory and democratic ideals of the Enlightenment. That it ended in the Terror represented a betrayal of those ideas--not their fulfillment. --Provided by publisher
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Israel, Jonathan
Dewey number
944.04
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DC147.8
LC item number
.I87 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Revolutionaries
  • France
  • France
  • France
  • Revolution (France : 1789-1799)
  • Historiography
  • Intellectual life
  • Revolutionaries
  • War
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Revolutionary ideas : an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre, Jonathan Israel
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [803]-831) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent.
Contents
CHAPTER 1 Introduction -- CHAPTER 2 Revolution of the Press (1788-90) -- CHAPTER 3 From Estates-General to National Assembly (April-June 1789) -- CHAPTER 4 The Rights of Man: Summer and Autumn 1789 -- CHAPTER 5 Democratizing the Revolution -- CHAPTER 6 Deadlock (November 1790-July 1791) -- CHAPTER 7 War with the Church (1788-92) -- CHAPTER 8 The Feuillant Revolution (July 1791-April 1792) -- CHAPTER 9 The "General Revolution" Begins (1791-92) -- CHAPTER 10 The Revolutionary Summer of 179 -- CHAPTER 11 Republicans Divided (September 1792-March 1793) -- CHAPTER 12 The "General Revolution" from Valmy to the Fall of Mainz (1792-93) -- CHAPTER 13 The World's First Democratic Constitution (1793) -- CHAPTER 14 Education: Securing the Revolution -- CHAPTER 15 Black Emancipation -- CHAPTER 16 Robespierre's Putsch (June 1793) -- CHAPTER 17 The Summer of 1793: Overturning the Revolution's Core Values -- CHAPTER 18 De-Christianization (1793-94) -- CHAPTER 19 "The Terror" (September 1793-March 1794) -- CHAPTER 20 The Terror's Last Months (March-July 1794) -- CHAPTER 21 Thermidor -- CHAPTER 22 Post-Thermidor (1795-97) -- CHAPTER 23 The "General Revolution" (1795-1800): Holland, Italy, and the Levant -- CHAPTER 24 The Failed Revolution (1797-99) -- CHAPTER 25 Conclusion: The Revolution as the Outcome of the Radical Enlightenment
Control code
844245395
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 870 pages
Isbn
9780691151724
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013018208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)844245395
Label
Revolutionary ideas : an intellectual history of the French Revolution from the Rights of Man to Robespierre, Jonathan Israel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [803]-831) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
CHAPTER 1 Introduction -- CHAPTER 2 Revolution of the Press (1788-90) -- CHAPTER 3 From Estates-General to National Assembly (April-June 1789) -- CHAPTER 4 The Rights of Man: Summer and Autumn 1789 -- CHAPTER 5 Democratizing the Revolution -- CHAPTER 6 Deadlock (November 1790-July 1791) -- CHAPTER 7 War with the Church (1788-92) -- CHAPTER 8 The Feuillant Revolution (July 1791-April 1792) -- CHAPTER 9 The "General Revolution" Begins (1791-92) -- CHAPTER 10 The Revolutionary Summer of 179 -- CHAPTER 11 Republicans Divided (September 1792-March 1793) -- CHAPTER 12 The "General Revolution" from Valmy to the Fall of Mainz (1792-93) -- CHAPTER 13 The World's First Democratic Constitution (1793) -- CHAPTER 14 Education: Securing the Revolution -- CHAPTER 15 Black Emancipation -- CHAPTER 16 Robespierre's Putsch (June 1793) -- CHAPTER 17 The Summer of 1793: Overturning the Revolution's Core Values -- CHAPTER 18 De-Christianization (1793-94) -- CHAPTER 19 "The Terror" (September 1793-March 1794) -- CHAPTER 20 The Terror's Last Months (March-July 1794) -- CHAPTER 21 Thermidor -- CHAPTER 22 Post-Thermidor (1795-97) -- CHAPTER 23 The "General Revolution" (1795-1800): Holland, Italy, and the Levant -- CHAPTER 24 The Failed Revolution (1797-99) -- CHAPTER 25 Conclusion: The Revolution as the Outcome of the Radical Enlightenment
Control code
844245395
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 870 pages
Isbn
9780691151724
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013018208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)844245395

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